New Pond Farm is home to a beautiful and diverse herd of dairy cows including the following breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, American Milking Shorthorn, and Dutch-Belted.
If you visit in the late spring or summer, the herd may be seen grazing in our lush pastures in the late afternoons and evenings. Our farmers follow a rotational grazing practice to insure the animals’ access to fresh pastures. These areas are surrounded by electric fences- so please be careful not to touch!
During your late fall and winter visits to the farm, you will see the cows resting in the barnyard and in their free-stall barn, adjacent to our main milking barn. They continue to enjoy a grass-based diet as they consume bales of hay (over 2,000 bales during the winter months!) that was cut from our pastures and those of our neighbors.
There are usually fourteen cows in residence and of these, four or five are in the milking rotation at any one time. They are milked morning and afternoon. We pasteurize every other day in our State Licensed Dairy, so customers are treated to freshest milk in the area! Our milk is not homogenized so our cream rises to the top. You can shake the bottle for rich creamy milk, or skim it off to make butter.
The Dairy Annex (attached to the Milking Barn but accessed from our circular driveway) offers milk and yogurt for sale from 7am to 7pm.
Originally from Scotland, these animals are well adapted to rocky farms and harsh winters. They are known for their production longevity. Our Ayrshire cows are white with dark red spots, their names are Sugar (2012) and Sage (6/3/16).
American Milking Shorthorn
Originating in Northeastern England. Bred for dairy or beef. Ours has been bred for dairy and will therefore have strong dairy traits. Beautifully colored red, white, and sometimes even roan (a rich mixture of red and white, and cannot be found in any other breed of dairy cattle). They are excellent milk producers. They are […]
Originally from the British Isle of Guernsey in the English Channel, Guernseys are well known for their gentleness and are dark gold in color. Guernsey milk has a unique golden color. Our heifer is Trudy.
Originally from Switzerland, they produce large quantities of milk, close behind the Holsteins. They are also known for their dual use in dairy and beef. Our Brown Swiss is brownish-grey and is named Cleo (8/6/14).
Dutch Belteds are efficient dairy animals of moderate size between Holsteins and Jerseys (not to be confused with the Belted Galloways – which are beef cattle with similar markings – an entirely different breed). Cows weigh from 900- 1500 pounds. Calves have an average birth weight of 70 pounds. Intelligence and friendly disposition make Dutch […]
Originally from Britain’s Isle of Jersey, close to the Isle of Guernsey. Small in size, but produce milk containing the highest butterfat of any other milking breed. Our Jersey cow is honey brown and her name is Koko.
Originally from the Netherlands These black and white cows are commonly used on large dairy farms due to their ability to produce more milk each day than any other breed. Our Holsteins are Blossom and her calf Bessie (11/26/16).